Hair is probably the most common cause of clogged shower drains and bathtubs. It only takes a little bit of hair to completely back up your drain warranting a call to your local plumber. And since this situation can be expensive to rectify, knowing how to prevent the problem is a good idea.
Prevention is Key
Whether you have a family of five or are flying solo, sooner or later you will probably run into this dread problem. Fortunately, if caught early, correcting a clogged drain is relatively easy to do. To keep your water flowing down the drain, you need to invest in a hair-catching tool. You can easily find these tools at your local hardware store. The simplest of models fit directly over your drain and catch hair in a wire mesh while allowing water to flow freely. When the mesh is full of hair, you simply remove and empty.
But even if you bought the best hair-catching tool, you may need to take a few extra steps to prevent hair clogs. There are several ways you can clear your drain. Chlorine bleach is highly effective when it comes to hair clogs. Simply pour it down the drain and allow it to sit overnight. One cup of bleach is sufficient.
If you are hesitant to use bleach, very hot water may yield the same results. Boiling water on your stovetop and then slowly pouring down the clogged drain is best for getting rid of excess hair before it causes a massive clog.
What to Do if You Have a Clog
Despite your best efforts, there are times when you may still encounter a hair clog in your drain. You will know this immediately since the water will either drain too slow or stops draining completely. If this happens, you may be able to fix the problem without calling a plumber. For instance, although snaking a clogged drain is usually something left to plumbing professionals, you can try performing a bit of maintenance using a plastic hair snare. If you’re not familiar with hair snares, these are basically plastic strips with barbs on either side that catch hair clogs. All you need to do is snake one of these down your clogged drain and remove any hair that may be causing the clog.
If you’re going green, a concoction of white vinegar, baking soda and boiling water may get your drain moving again. Start by pouring boiling water down your drain, followed by a half a cup of baking soda. Then, pour a mixture of one part hot water with one part vinegar down the drain and cover with either a stopper or pot lid. This should create a reaction that will help loosen any clogs without damaging your pipes. Wait five minutes and rinse with hot water.
There are many types of drain cleaners that have the same effect, but these typically contain harsh chemicals that are toxic to you and can damage your pipes.
When to Call a Plumber
Even the smallest of hair clogs can cause plumbing woes that are resistant to home remedies. If you can’t unclog your drain or find yourself having to do some DIY every month, it’s a good idea to contact a plumbing professional who can get to the root of the problem.
Roto-Rooter in Bloomington, Indiana knows that a clogged drain is an unhappy drain. We offer fast and affordable solutions to stop the problem at its source. Whether you’re in need of emergency service or a proper checkup, the plumbing experts of Roto-Rooter will get your water running smoothly again.